Local Chapters of TOS

Click on the city closest to where you live, or pick a chapter from the list below:

Map of TOS Chapters Memphis Buffalo River (Lawrenceburg) Mayfield-Gray (Columbia) Nashville John W. Sellars (Lebanon) Highland Rim Chattanooga Knoxville Lee & Lois Herndon (Elizabethton) Fred J. Alsop III (Kingsport) Bristol

Bristol*   Buffalo River (Lawrenceburg)
Highland Rim  John W. Sellars (Lebanon)*
Knoxville* Lee & Lois Herndon (Elizabethton)
Mayfield-Gray (Columbia) Memphis

 *Leaves the TOS site. 

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Buffalo River (Lawrenceburg) Chapter

President: Don Simbeck, Email: don.simbeck@gmail.com
VP: Royce Neidert
Sectry & Treasurer: Carol Neidert

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Mayfield-Gray (Columbia) Chapter

The first TOS chapter in Columbia, called the Bluegrass Chapter, disbanded in the early 1940s. In 1975, Dr. George Mayfield Jr. , Dr. Dan Gray Jr., Dr. Bill Fuqua and others founded the Columbia Chapter of the TOS. In the spring of 2000, the chapter changed its name to the Mayfield-Gray Chapter, in honor of the endless contributions that Mayfield and Gray made to the study of birdlife in Tennessee. George Mayfield and the late Dan Gray's wife Gaither were honored at the chapter's annual picnic on June 6, 2000.

Among the chapter's preferred birding areas are wetland/pond complexes resulting from phosphate mining operations at Monsanto, Arrow Lake, and Williamsport Lakes. The new Duck River Wildlife Management Area is also a favorite area. These areas feature a variety of wetland and open water species, as well as grassland species. Heavily wooded areas in the north of the county attract warblers during migration.

The chapter meets twice a year to participate in spring bird counts and the Christmas Bird Counts. Other interests include breeding bird surveys and point counts on the two wildlife management areas in Maury County. Novices and pros are welcome to participate. Field trips are announced on TN-Birds server, usually during migration in April and May.

President / Compiler:
Tommy Edwards, 896 Iron Bridge Rd, Columbia, Tn 38401, (931)-490-9879, 931-698-6435. Email: Tommy.Edwards@state.tn.us

Vice President:
Cleo Mayfield, 999 Sunnyside Lane, Columbia, Tn 38401, (931)-388-3922. Email: 8doannie@djis.net

Secretary / Treasurer:
Jennifer Cardenas 1612 Columbia Ave. Columbia TN 38401, (931) 840-9825. Email: columbiajen@webtv.net

Dr. Bill Jernigan, Dr. Allyn Lay

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Elizabethton, Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter

The Lee and Lois Herndon Chapter, named for its founders, Dr. Lee R. Herndon and his wife, Lois Herndon, was founded in 1944. Activities sponsored by the chapter include two Christmas Bird Counts (Elizabethton and Roan Mountain), as well as counts in the spring, summer and fall. The chapter also holds a July picnic and an annual banquet in March. In October, Saturday morning bird walks are hosted at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton promoting birding to the general public.

The chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00 p.m. in Room 103 at the Northeast State College in Elizabethton on Highway 91 north of Elizabethton.

Annual dues are $28 for an individual and #32 for a family, which includes state dues.

Meetings traditionally consist of a program and chapter business. Sightings of unusual and/or migratory birds made in Northeast Tennessee (Washington, Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Sullivan Counties) are also recorded. Bird records for the five-county region (kept by the club) go back to its inception.

See http://www.mountainempirebirds.net/lee-lois-herndon-bird-club/ for the chapter calendar of events and additional information.

Officers (2019-2020):
Kim Stroud, P.O. Box 183, Elizabethton, TN 37644-0183, Phone: 423-542-5860, Email elizabethtonbirdclub@gmail.com
Vice-President, Programs: Bryan Stevens
Vice President, Activities: Debi Campbell
Secretary: Denee Mattioli
Treasurer: Vern Maddux
Publicity Coordinator: Bryan Stevens
Statistician: Rick Knight

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Highland Rim Chapter

The Highland Rim Chapter of the TOS was organized on January 29, 1974 in Manchester. Sanford McGee, then a biology teacher at Central High School, had called the meeting. At the meeting he; Ken Dubke, Tennessee Ornithological Society Treasurer; and Tony Koella, Assistant State Commissioner of Conservation, encouraged local residents and residents of nearby counties to organize a club. Mr. McGee pointed out that the area was a good area for bird watching and nature study, and that the nearest groups with these interests were in Murfreesboro and Chattanooga. The club began with fifteen members representing three counties. Over the years membership has grown and remains between 25 and 30 members. At present Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, and Warren Counties are represented.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. during the months September through May. An August picnic begins the program year. Annual dues are $23.00 for an individual and $27.00 for a family (includes $18 TOS dues).

Activities include 10 meetings with programs, and 12-14 field trips that include the hawk watch, roadside raptor survey, Christmas count, eagle count, spring count, and fall bird count. Club members contribute to the community by speaking to civic groups and to school classes on matters of wildlife and habitat conservation. Anyone interested in joining the club may obtain information by calling (or sending email to) any of the officers listed below.

Officers (2018-2019):
Lisa Trail, 2637 Gnat Hill Road, Manchester, TNĀ  37355, (931) 728-6045, lisatrail29@gmail.com
Vice President:
Larry Bowers, P.O. Box 322, Estill Springs, TN 37330, (931) 649-5766, larsus@united.net
Janie Denis, 904 Covemont Drive, Fayetteville, TN 37334, jynbug@bellsouth.net

Vida Sherwood, 1326 Harton Blvd, Tullahoma, TN  37388, (931) 455-9852, vrsherwood@yahoo.com
Jean Gibson,204 Inglewood Cir. Tullahoma, TN  37388, (931) 455-2346, dgibson@lighttube.net
Directors and Alternates:
Lisa Trail, 2637 Gnat Hill Road, Manchester, TN  37355, (931) 728-6045, lisatrail29@gmail.com
Vida Sherwood, 1326 Harton Blvd, Tullahoma, TN  37388, (931) 455-9852, vrsherwood@yahoo.com

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